Posts Tagged ‘Padding Presses’

What to Look for in a Paper Padding Press

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Paper Padding PressPaper padding presses (found here) are simple yet highly effective tools when it comes to creating your own scratch pads and notepads. They can pad a wide range of paper styles and types. While these machines are ultimately simple in design, there are a lot of differences from one model to another. Having spoken to several customers over the years regarding these presses, I have come up with a list of features you may want to consider having when purchasing a machine.

To begin with, padding presses are essentially clamping mechanisms that help keep paper in place while applying glue. Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? Many people, after receiving their presses, are often surprised to see that some of the models out there are nothing more than a few slabs of wood, a few hardware clamps and some piping that has been fitted together to create a support or frame.

Some people even make their own padding presses. One thing I can tell you about our manufacturers is that they have years of experience making these tools and they work very well. I still recommend using a manufactured padding press when making your own notepads. With that said, here are a few features you need to be aware of when shopping around.

  • Capacity – All padding presses are rated by the capacity of paper they can handle. This is usually measured in inches. An example would be the Blane Graphics Mini 2 (found here). It has a 12 ½” padding capacity. That means you can put up to 12 ½” of paper in it at a time. Those large pads can later be cut down into smaller pads. Some of our larger padding presses can pad dual stacks of paper (side-by-side) for even more capacity.
  • Size – Be sure the padding press you buy can handle the sheet size you’re padding. A larger padding press can still be used to pad smaller sizes of paper. The reason I bring this up is that some padding presses are only 4 ½” wide and can’t pad letter-size paper. Just be sure the padding press you buy fits your paper.
  • Padding Press with Swivel BaseSwivel Base – This is a feature I personally like. A swivel base allows the padding press to be easily rotated 180 degrees to allow you to easily apply glue to the back of the paper. Padding presses without a swivel base require you to either go to the other side of the table to apply the glue or manually turn the entire padding press around, which can be laborious. The Blane Graphics Superpad padding press (found here) is a good example of a press with a swivel base.
  • Tilt Base – In order to get the paper two square up properly, it needs to be jogged. This is necessary for the glue to be applied evenly and for the pad to look professional. While you can use a paper jogger prior to placing the paper in the press, some manufacturers have gotten creative using a tilt base. A tile base uses gravity to naturally square up the paper. Most padding presses are set at an angle for this purpose, but it is a feature you may want to look for. The General Graphic PP-2 padding press (found here) is an example of a press with a nice tilted base.
  • Material – This isn’t quite as important in purchasing a machine, but you should be aware that most padding presses are made mostly out of wood. Some, especially those made by Martin Yale, are made from metal. While metal is nice, the wood padding presses hold up remarkably well.
  • Glue Padding glue (found here) is available in both white and red colors and in pint or gallon containers. The glue usually takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes to try depending on how thick you put it on. Some people like to leave the padding press for 30 minutes to an hour in order to ensure everything has dried properly.
  • Tools – There are a few padding tools (found here) you may want to buy for your padding press. This includes the glue, a padding brush, a pad counter (aka paper stabber) and a pad knife. The padding brush is used to apply the glue, the pad counter makes it easy to separate large padded stacks into equal smaller pads and the padding knife is designed to make it easy to cut the glue on larger pads into smaller pads. I recommend you at least have glue and a brush for your padding press.

This is how a padding press works:

  1. Put the paper in the padding press.
  2. Tighten down the paper clamps to keep the paper held tightly in place.
  3. Remove the back jogging plate from the padding press.
  4. Apply the glue to the back of the notepad.
  5. Wait for the glue to dry.
  6. Loosen the clamps
  7. Remove the paper.

It really is that easy. The longest part of padding your own notepad is the glue drying time.

Here is a video demo of a padding press in use:

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If you want to create your own scratch pads and notepads, you should seriously consider using a paper padding press. The machines themselves are pretty cheap, but they can literally be used for years. I have heard of people with a padding press over a decade old that are still using them as if they were new. I have found that schools, doctor’s offices and other businesses like to use padding presses. You can find our entire selection of padding presses here.

We have been selling padding presses since 1980, so we have a lot of experience on using them and choosing a good model. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to your padding questions. If you own one, or have some additional advice, please feel free to post that information right here as a comment. Thank you for reading and have a great day!

What Is A Paper Stabber?

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Paper Pad Counter / Paper Stabber (Quick as a Wink)We had a customer call in a few weeks ago asking if we sold paper stabbers. It ends up the customer didn’t want to kill stacks of paper, but rather he needed a specific tool commonly used in the paper printing & padding industry. After a little research, and a few questions, we discovered what he was looking for.

It ends up that we do sell paper stabbers, but we just called them by a different name. A paper stabber is the same thing as a pad counter. It is a tool that can be adjusted to different widths for quickly separating stacks of paper into equally divided smaller stacks. Our pad counter is commonly called the quick as a wink pad counter.

We offer two different paper stabbers (pad counters). The first model we offer is a 2″ pad counter and the second is a 5″ pad counter. Both of these counters are fully adjustable and very affordable. We have been selling these pad counters since I started working here and they have an excellent track record.

You can find both of our pad counters (paper stabbers) here.

Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding Press Review

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding PressPadding presses are cool little devices. They make it easy to recycle paper, create notepads and scratchpads. So what do you do if you need to pad thousands of sheets of paper at a time? What you need is a giant padding press like the Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding Press (found here). This is my review.

Martin Yale is probably better known for their shredders, paper cutters, forms cutters and paper folders than for their padding presses. While Martin Yale doesn’t make dozens of padding presses, like they do paper cutters, they certainly hold up well.

The Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding Press is called giant for a reason. It can pad a stack of paper up to 19 ¾” high by 17 ¾” wide. Now break out a ruler and take a look at those dimensions. Big, isn’t it? Not only can the J1824 pad larger paper, it can also be used to pad two separate stacks of letter-size 8 ½” x 11″ paper (or A4 paper) at a time.

This padding press can be used to pad paper, carbonless forms, note pads, scratch pads and more. Paper thickness doesn’t really matter. This makes it possible to pad notepads with chipboard on the bottom, with card stock and much more.

The J1824 is a pretty simple machine, and that’s by design. The first thing you will want to do is put your paper in the padding press. The padding press tips back, which in turn helps to jog the paper being padded. This keeps everything squared up and aligned.

Once the paper is in the Martin Yale J1824, two sets of wing screws are tightened down. This helps apply pressure along the back of the paper stack. This helps to produce a neat and professional pad of paper. Once the screws are tightened, glue can be applied. Once the glue has dried, the wing screws can be loosened.

Depending on how thick the pad of paper is, you may want to consider using a padding knife to cut the separate stacks of paper apart. Once everything has been removed, you are able to use the padding press again. You are really only limited by the glue drying time as far as padding speed is concerned.

The build quality on the J1824 is exceptional. Unlike many pressed wood padding presses out there, the J1824 is made from sturdy steel construction. This makes the J1824 durable, reliable and easier to clean up.

I would personally recommend the J1824 to anyone interested in light to medium volume paper padding projects. Weighing in at only 26 pounds, this padding press can be used on most tables and desks.

You can find the Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding Press here and our entire selection of paper padding presses here. Good luck and happy padding!

Everything You Need To Start Padding Paper

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Paper Padding PressesSo you want to start creating your own notepads, but don’t know where to get started. No worries. Padding paper is extremely easy and the equipment needed is fairly simple (and inexpensive). Here are a few tips to help you get started.

To begin with, you’ll need a paper padding press. A padding press is essentially a glorified clamp designed to be used on a table or desk. Padding presses are designed to handle large stacks of paper and typically handle paper up to 8 ½” x 11” in size. Some can even handle larger stacks of paper. Padding presses are usually made out of wood or metal, depending on the make and model.

The next thing you will need is padding compound. Padding compound is a type of glue designed to be applied to the back of a stack of paper. Once dried, padding compound keeps a stack of paper together, yet remains soft enough to allow pages to be torn out. Padding compound is typically available in white or red colors and comes in a variety of container sizes.

You will need a padding brush. Padding brushes look a lot like paintbrushes. These brushes are designed to be dipped in the padding glue and then applied to a stack of paper. Once you are done padding, I recommend washing out the brush prior to storage. Padding brushes come in different sizes, depending on the thickness of the pad you are using it on.

While not required, I highly recommend using a padding knife. Padding knives are designed to cut large stacks of padded paper into smaller stacks. Padding knives are extremely sharp and easily slice through dried padding compound.

Again, while not required, I highly recommend using chipboard as a backing to your notepad. This will provide stability and it looks pretty nice as well. Some people prefer to have paper padded by itself without chipboard. It is really a matter of personal preference.

So there you have it. Everything you need to start padding paper. You can find all these products here:

Hopefully this helps you get started with your paper padding projects. Don’t be intimidated by the process. It is very easy to do and the end results will look great.

Elmer’s Glue As Padding Adhesive?

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Padding Adhesive for Padding Presses from ABC OfficeAt first I thought it was an odd question, but the more I think about it I can completely understand the reasoning behind it. Can Elmer’s Glue be used as padding adhesive for use with a padding press?

It makes sense right? Elmer’ Glue has a very similar consistency to padding adhesive. In fact, the first thing I thought the first time I opened a bottle of white padding adhesive was, “Hey, is this Elmer’s Glue?” In its soft liquid form, padding adhesive does look like Elmer’s glue. That is until it dries.

This is where you’re going to have trouble. Elmer’s Glue dries extremely hard and won’t allow pages to tear out of a pad. Padding adhesive also dries, but still maintains some pliability, making pages easy to tear out of a notepad.

In conclusion, Elmer’s glue cannot be used as a padding adhesive. You can find our entire selection of padding adhesive here. Good luck and happy padding!

High Strength, Fast-Drying Padding Compound / Adhesive

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Padding Adhesive / Glue from ABC OfficeI was doing a little research today on padding presses and was surprised to discover that a lot of people out there are pretty unhappy with the padding adhesive / compound that they are using. Complaints ranged from the glue being too weak to taking too long to dry.

We have been selling padding glue for well over a decade now and I’m not aware of any customer complaints regarding our padding adhesive. We sell a lot of it. This is what I can tell you about our padding glue.

Padding Presses from ABC OfficeOur padding compound comes from General Graphic and is available in two different colors, both red and white. We offer the glue in two different sizes as well. You can get it in a quart container or a gallon container.

Our padding compound is very strong and will not fall apart or break down over time. The consistency of the glue is similar to Elmer’s glue and drying time takes about 20 minutes, which is pretty fast considering that it is cold, air-dried glue. The thicker you apply the glue, the longer it will take to dry.

Our padding compound can be used with all pressure-based padding presses. Sure I’m a little biased, but I think our padding glue is some of the best out there. I have personally used it for creating pads and it works just like it should.

You can find our padding glue & adhesive here. You can find our entire selection of padding presses here.

How To Make Your Own Custom Notepads

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Padding Presses and Notepad MakersWould you like to be able to create your own custom notepads, but don’t know where to start? I have created several notepads using a machine called a padding press. The process is affordable, quick and easy. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

To begin with, a padding press is a simple piece of equipment designed to clamp and hold paper in place while a special glue is applied. This glue, currently available in white and red colors, dries in a matter of minutes. Typical drying time takes about 10-15 minutes. Once dry, the clamp can be released and the pad of paper is ready to be used.

You can see a step-by-step guide (with pictures) as to how this is done by checking out our “how to use a padding press guide.”

So why create your own pads?

  1. Allows you to recycle paper.
  2. Allows for custom notepads.
  3. Affordable and can be done for years with the same machine.
  4. Great for taking notes.
  5. Fun to do.
  6. Creating prank job applications. J/K on that one, but you can read more here.

These are just a few quick reasons why you may want to create your own notepad.

So what are the biggest differences between padding presses? The biggest differences are padding capacity, paper sizes allowed and swivel bases.

Some padding presses are capable of padding reams upon reams of paper, upwards of 1,000 plus at a time. These large stacks are then quickly cut down into smaller stacks. Some padding presses can only handle notepad size paper (around 4-6 inches) where others can pad large 11 x 17 sheets.

The swivel base is more of a convenience than anything. This makes it easier to use a padding press on a countertop or surface that doesn’t have easy access. The swivel allows the operator to spin the platform around, apply glue and then spin it back 160 degrees for easy front access.

You can find our entire selection of padding presses and notepad makers here. Still have questions about creating notepads? Speak for free with one of our specialists at 1-800-658-8788. Happy padding!

Mini 2 Padding Press Review

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Mini 2 Padding PressPadding paper is convenient, a great way to recycle used paper and is perfect for creating scratch pads. The entire process is extremely easy to do. So which padding press should you use? You may want to consider using the Mini 2 padding press (found here). I have personally used this model. This is my review.

The Mini 2 padding press is a fairly simple little device. It has a wooden base, a back wood plate and two side rails with clamping mechanisms. The entire padding press comes in a rectangular shaped box. Some assembly is required, but it isn’t difficult at all. The padding press is light enough that it can be placed on almost any table or countertop.

The Mini 2 can pad up to a 12 ½-inch stack of paper. That is a lot of paper. It is designed to be used with 8 ½ x 11-inch paper, but you can pad smaller paper in this padding press.

All that is involved in padding with the Mini 2 is taking a stack of paper, placing it on the base (making sure the paper rests flush against the back panel) and clamp the paper down. Once clamped, the back plate can be removed and glue can be applied.

The glue is of the consistency of Elmer’s glue and is applied by using a padding brush. You can find our padding brushes, glue, chipboard and accessories here. We sell glue in red and white colors. The glue takes about 10-15 minutes to dry. Once the glue is dry, the clamps can be releases and the pad can be removed.

The pad can then be cut down into smaller pads. This is a great way to recycle old paper and scratch pads are very nice to have on hand or on a desk. We have businesses, schools, churches and other organizations that use padding presses.

Overall I am impressed with the Mini 2. It is a very simple piece of equipment. Everything on the Mini 2 has been designed and measured to be used for padding paper. You can see a video demo of me using the Mini 2 here.

You can find the Mini 2 Padding Press here. You can find our entire selection of padding presses here.

Create Your Own Notepads With A Padding Press

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Did you know you can create your own notepads from the comfort of your own office, school or home? It really isn’t that hard. All you need is a padding press, some glue, a brush, some paper and about 15-20 minutes of your time. The end result is a notepad or scratch pad that you can use for note taking, drawings and more.

Padding presses are designed to pad a large volume of paper at once. This can often involve (but does not require) 1,000 plus pages. Once the pages have been placed in the padding press, the paper is clamped and the glue can be applied. Once the glue dries, the clamp is released and the large stack can be cut down into smaller, more usable note pads.

Padding presses are considered “green” in that used paper can be recycled into notepads. All you need is one clean side, even if the other side has been printed on.

Padding glue is available in white or red, depending on your preference of color. Accessories such as quick-as-a-wink paper counters and padding knives are optional, but not required. You can find step-by-step instructions on exactly how to create a pad of paper here.

You can view our entire selection of padding presses here.

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